Day Surgery and Operating Room

The Day Surgery Unit handles 92 per cent of the surgical cases at Stevenson Memorial Hospital. The 10-bed Day Surgery unit is located across from the operating room suite and provides a variety of surgical services. These services include:

  • Blood transfusion
  • Orthopedics (minor arthroscopy)
  • Ophthamology (cataract and glaucoma surgery)
  • General Surgery (gall bladder, hernia, thyroid and small bowel procedures)
  • Gynecology (Hysterectomy, D & C and Tubal Ligation)
  • Ear, Nose and Throat procedures
  • Endoscopy Procedures
  • Dental Program (Restorations, Extractions and X-rays)

There were 2,633 procedures in 2005/06, averaging about 200 month. Nursing staff also run a pre-admission clinic for surgical patients. Over 900 patients were seen in the clinic in 2005/06.


The surgical suite is comprised of two operating room theatres, one endoscope room and a recovery room.  The operating room is used by several surgeons, including a full-time general surgeon who was recruited to SMH in 2006. Surgical services are supported by both full-time and associate anaesthetists and provide services for both inpatients and outpatients. A total of 2,870 surgeries took place in the operating room in 2005 and 2006.

Coverage is provided 24 hours a day by on-call physicians and nurses. Booked surgical cases are done Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition, surgical relations are provided by Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket and Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.